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Grant opportunity: National Endowment for the Arts’ “Art Works”

The National Endowment for the Arts has posted this announcement on and the NEA website:

An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2015 categories: Art Works or Challenge America Fast-Track. The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after June 1, 2015. The guiding principle of “Art Works” is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. To make “art work,” the NEA has included the advancement of innovation as a core component of its mission as a way to ensure the vitality of the arts. We recognize that arts and design organizations are often in the forefront of innovation in their work and strongly encourage innovative projects which are characterized as those that:

• Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;

• Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and

• Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field. Through the projects that we support in the Art Works category, we want to achieve the following four outcomes:

• Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,

• Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,

• Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and

• Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Independent school districts County governments State governments Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) City or township governments Special district governments Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Private institutions of higher education Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 24, 2014 Award Ceiling:$100,000 Award Floor:$10,000

Last year in Illinois, NEA  awarded 49 grants totaling $1,120,000, including $10,000 to Governors State University to support “ArtRising: Engaging the Community in Response to Violence.” For more information on applying for the grant, please visit or the NEA website here.

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